In 2010, the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, in collaboration with the Grand Victoria Foundation, developed a professional growth opportunity for a select group of early childhood leaders from across the state of Illinois. Promoting Excellence in Family Child Care was designed to provide training and technical assistance for 30 early childhood leaders in Illinois in how to use the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) to support providers in improving the business and professional practices of their family child care programs. A main goal of the grant was to create a cadre of technical assistance specialists to assist providers in preparing for their BAS assessment, one component of the state’s quality rating system, and understanding how to make improvements to their business practices once they received their QRS report.
As part of the project, technical assistance specialists participated in the three-day BAS Assessor Reliability training. Following the training, they conducted two BAS assessments and submitted the assessments to become Certified BAS Assessors. Several months after the initial training, the technical assistance specialists met again for two days of follow-up training focusing on mentoring for home providers and clarifying information on the administration of the BAS. Participants learned about the characteristics of effective coaches, ideas for supporting family child care providers as entrepreneurs, and strategies to promote professionalism. The participants were also given an opportunity to develop their coaching skills through practice of active listening, establishing rapport, and aligning goals. For further information contact:
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